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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.

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RP.17.06

Examining the power of Child-At-Risk electronic medical record (eMR) alerts to share interpersonal violence, abuse and neglect concerns: Do child protection alerts help?

Completed
November 2018

Health services are uniquely positioned to respond to women and children experiencing violence. This research has found that electronic alerts on patients’ health records may improve responses to children and pregnant women at risk of violence, abuse or neglect.


As part of the study, 180 NSW health workers were asked to assess the impact of “Child-at-Risk” alerts on the way they responded to children and pregnant women presenting through the health system. The alerts are applied to patients’ electronic medical records by staff who have identified and reported risks to child wellbeing.

Around three-quarters of study participants agreed or strongly agreed that the alerts helped improve health worker responses to at-risk clients.

Over one third of health workers surveyed reported that they had changed their approach to working with a patient after seeing an alert on a patient record.


Researchers

Project lead

Ms Rosemaria Flaherty, Northern New South Wales Local Health District (Service-led & Early Career Researcher)

Research expertise

Prof Fiona Arney, University of South Australia


Priority populations

Women who live in rural and remote areas (as a focus).


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Publications

Examining the power of Child-At-Risk electronic medical record (eMR) alerts to share interpersonal violence, abuse and neglect concerns: Do child protection alerts help?

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Publications

Examining the power of Child-At-Risk electronic medical record (eMR) alerts to share interpersonal violence, abuse and neglect concerns: Do child protection alerts help? Key findings and future directions

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Poster

Examining the power of the eMR to share interpersonal violence, abuse and neglect concerns

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Budget

$50,000

Funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2017 core grant round.

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